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A Presentation by LaTasha Harvey Advanced English 12 September 14, 2009. Should Surrogacy Be Illegal?. What is surrogacy?. Surrogacy is the process in which a woman is hired to carry a couple’s child. What is surrogacy?.

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A Presentation by

LaTasha Harvey

Advanced English 12

September 14, 2009

Should Surrogacy Be Illegal?


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What is surrogacy?

Surrogacy is the process in which a woman is hired to carry a couple’s child.


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What is surrogacy?

  • Surrogacy can either be commercial (surrogate gets paid a fee) or it can happen out the goodness of someone’s heart.


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  • Some couples use surrogacy to avoid genetic defects.

Why do people use surrogacy?


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Some people do it simply for convenience.

Why do people use surrogacy?


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Why do people choose surrogacy?

  • Gay male couples also use surrogacy so that at least one partner will be related to the child.


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Why do people use surrogacy?

  • Infertility is the most common reason surrogacy is used.


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What types of surrogacy are there?

  • Artificial insemination: Uses husband’s sperm and surrogate’s egg. The husband and surrogate are related to the child, the wife is not; wife adopts child.


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  • Artificial Insemination by donor: Surrogate egg is fertilized by donor. Surrogate is related to the child, but the couple is not; couple adopts child

What types of surrogacy are there?


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  • In Vitro Fertilization w/ embryo transfer: Uses wife’s egg and husband’s sperm, and fertilized egg is implanted in surrogate; both husband and wife are related to child.

What types of surrogacy are there?


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What types of surrogacy are there?

  • In Vitro Fertilization, Egg donor: An egg donor is combined with the husband’s sperm and then transferred. The husband is related to the child, but the wife and surrogate aren’t; wife adopts child.


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Costs of surrogacy

  • All compensated types of surrogacy are estimated around $55,000.00

  • $12,500.00 in legal fees

  • $15,000.00 in surrogate fees.

  • The rest is for other various fees.


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What are some of the things couples ask of the potential surrogates?

The couple usually asks general questions about the candidate's:

  • Name

  • Spouse

  • Children

  • Career

  • Personality


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What are some of the things couples ask of the potential surrogates?

  • Couples may also ask about the candidate’s health

    “Are you taking any medications?

  • They ask about previous surrogate experiences

    “Have you ever been a surrogate?”


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What are some of the things couples ask of the potential surrogate?

  • Potential surrogates may be asked about their financial status.

    “What are you looking for as compensation?”

  • They may also be asked about their feelings on the birth.

    “Who would you want present at birth?”


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  • Some people believe that the act of surrogacy is demeaning to women.

  • They see surrogacy as “baby-selling” and they consider it an immoral act.

  • Surrogate mothers are often referred to as having a “womb for rent”.

Why is surrogacy so controversial?


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As of right now, surrogacy is recognized in VA.

However, VA laws prohibit commercial surrogacy and the law also prohibits gay couples from participating in the procedure.

Virginia law and surrogacy


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My stance on surrogacy

  • I believe that surrogacy is a perfectly good way to start a family.

  • I feel that if the couple has the money, time, and patience, then they should go through with the process.


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Miracle babies

Baby Manji

Baby Emma


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